The latest promising news from an unlikely source bodes well in Tottenham’s quest to sign Fiorentina’s Dušan Vlahović.
Transfer windows are replete with feverishly exciting highs and disconsolate, cry-yourself-to-sleep lows. Ok, so I stopped crying myself to sleep years ago, when the bottom-of-the-ocean lows became commonplace, a customary and expected part of Tottenham’s biannual transfer saga.
Unpromising news recently broke about the the possibility of Vlahović landing at Spurs. It’s almost certain the Fiorentina man is going to wait until the summer to leave the Italian club. Which means all interested parties will have to wait an agonizing five months to make their final advances. It also means that Vlahović wants to smartly bide his time, waiting to see which teams are able to add Champions League participants to their final bid.
The latest news is of the positive variety and comes from Chris Wheatley, Football.london’s chief Arsenal football correspondent. We all know good news regarding transfer speculation is still, no matter how vigorously you polish it, speculation.
But it feels a little different, even if probability, and history, suggests it won’t amount to anything.
Such is the curse of supporting Tottenham Hotspur.
Having said that, this is some feel-good news. Sources close to Wheatley suggest Tottenham are in the driver’s seat, the frontrunners where Vlahović is concerned. Fabio Paratici has somewhat close ties to Vlahović’s agent, Davide Torchia.
Torchia is Daniele Rugani‘s agent, who plays for Juventus. Tottenham’s director of football and Torchia have worked together in the past, and Paratici is doing his utmost to leverage that relationship to get this deal over the line.
While it seems Spurs have the inside track, I still feel everything hinges on whether Conte’s side secures a spot in next season’s Champions League. If they do, all signs point to one of the world’s finest young talents joining the Lilywhites.
Of course a lot can happen between now and then, but this is a promising development. There is, however, an underlying issue with this positive news. How are Spurs supposed to secure a top four spot without having an accomplished reinforcement up front?
If Spurs don’t bring in reinforcements now, they might not earn a top four spot. But it seems they can’t bring in their first-choice target until they qualify for the Champions League.
Now that’s a head-scratching Catch-22.